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prof.dr. S.M. García Blanco (Sonia)

Full Professor

About Me

I started my career by studying Ingeniería Superior de Telecomunicación at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (1999). I carried out my MSc thesis work at the Ion Lab at the IBM Almaden research center, in Almaden, California, and, after completing my PhD at the University of Glasgow (2003) and my post-doc at the University of Toronto (2003-2005), I worked for five years at the Institute National d'Optique (INO) in Québec City, Canada on wafer-level hermetic vacuum packaging of microbolometer detectors, advanced packaging and silicon micro-bench technology. I joined the University of Twente in 2010 and I am currently leading the Integrated Optical Systems (IOS) group, where we develop novel materials and integration technologies for Integrated Photonics. 

I am also the co-founder and CEO of Aluvia Photonics B.V., a start-up company spun-off from the IOS group to offer foundry services of photonics integrated circuits (PICs) operating down to ultraviolet wavelengths in our proprietary aluminum oxide (Al2O3) technology.

I am the mother of two amazing kids, Marco (9) and Elena (7), who give relevance to all that I do, and married to a very supportive husband. I love long-distance running and I am giving my first steps in the world of triathlon.

Expertise

Engineering & Materials Science
Aluminum Oxide
Potassium
Rare Earths
Waveguides
Physics & Astronomy
Amplifiers
Chips
Potassium
Waveguides

Ancillary Activities

  • Aluvia Photonics (in creation)
    Setup of a spin-off company

Publications

Recent
Kong, Y. , Offerhaus, H. L. , Dijkstra, M. , & García Blanco, S. M. (2022). Towards broadband optical wafer-level testing system with on-chip micro-parabolic mirror. Paper presented at 26th annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Benelux Chapter 2022, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
Aguirre Fontenla, A. , Hegeman, I. , Hendriks, W. A. P. M. , Osornio-Martínez, C. E. , Dijkstra, M. , & García-Blanco, S. M. (2022). Propagation loss measurements in sputter coated titanium oxide waveguides. In S. M. Garcia-Blanco, & P. Cheben (Eds.), Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies XXVI [1200403] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 12004). SPIE Press. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2610616
Muñoz Galindo, P. (2022). Towards integrated surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy of anionic pollutants in water. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036554367
Fontenla, A. A. , Hegeman, I. , Hendriks, W. A. P. M. , Dijkstra, M. , & Blanco, S. M. G. (2022). Low-loss reactive sputter deposited titanium oxide waveguides. In 2021 IEEE 17th International Conference on Group IV Photonics, GFP 2021 - Proceedings (IEEE International Conference on Group IV Photonics GFP; Vol. 2021-December). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/GFP51802.2021.9673908
Hendriks, W. , Dijkstra, M. , Korterik, J. , & Blanco, S. G. (2022). Al2O3referenced microring resonators for the detection of interleukin-6. In 2021 IEEE 17th International Conference on Group IV Photonics, GFP 2021 - Proceedings (IEEE International Conference on Group IV Photonics GFP; Vol. 2021-December). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/GFP51802.2021.9673929
Frentrop, R. N. (2022). High refractive index contrast optical waveguides in swift heavy ion irradiated KY(WO4)2. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036553490
Vagionas, C., Tsakyridis, A., Chrysostomidis, T., Roumpos, I., Fotiadis, K., Manolis, A. , Mu, J. , Dijkstra, M. , Garcia Blanco, S. M. , Oldenbeuving, R. M., Van Dijk, P. W. L. , Roeloffzen, C. G. H., Vyrsokinos, K., Pleros, N. , & Alexoudi, T. (2022). Lossless 1×4 Silicon Photonic ROADM based on a Monolithic Integrated Erbium Doped Waveguide Amplifier on a Si3N4 platform. Journal of lightwave technology, 40(6), 1718 - 1725. https://doi.org/10.1109/JLT.2021.3131130

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Affiliated Study Programmes

Master

Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Carré (building no. 15), room C4617
Hallenweg 23
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Carré  C4617
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands